This month, Mohonasen High School students have a unique opportunity to learn about the martial art of judo in their physical education classes under the instruction of Nick Kossor, an elite competitive judo athlete.
Sponsored by a grant from the Mohonasen Foundation for Excellence, Mr. Kossor will be teaching six month-long Introduction to Judo classes for sophomores, juniors and seniors through Jan. 21. A two-time national champion, five-time World Team member and four-time Pan-American Team member, Mr. Kossor currently works with the prestigious Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville, which has been host to many of the country’s most outstanding judo athletes on national, international and Olympic-level circuits.
In their judo classes, students will be introduced to the principles of respect, discipline, fitness, body coordination and other key tenets of martial arts. The course participants will also learn about judo techniques, world cultures that participate in the sport and the Japanese language.
“Since judo is both a mental and full-body activity, it is good cross-training for any other sport,” Mr. Kossor explained about the benefits of studying judo. “Judo does not have the physical limitations that many other sports have. There is no disadvantage for being smaller or bigger—it is universal across the board.”
In addition to his work with Mohonasen High School, Mr. Kossor said he enjoys working in the community and has served as a junior judo coach for children, conducted numerous judo demonstrations for Empire State Plaza and YMCA-sponsored events and worked with visually impaired children at Camp Abilities Saratoga.
“I am looking forward to spending time with the Mohonasen students and helping them to build lifelong lessons and memories,” Mr. Kossor remarked.